pot of gold


The colors burst across the sky in a banded arcing spectrum.  The warmth of the sun on their backs as they marveled at the bow was an odd sensation considering the icy drops of rain that still fell.  The puddles at their feet churned and their hair was soon drenched.  They stood in silence, mesmerized by the beauty and strangeness of the moment.  Then the storm shifted again and the rainbow faded away, taking its promise of gold with it.

The day held many such magical moments as the sun slipped in and out of view and the rain fell in starts and stops.  They never seemed to tire of it, though.  It didn’t become routine or mundane.  Each new spark of beauty was a reason to stop and revel.  Perhaps that was down to their youthful naivety?  Or, perhaps, that was the full power of nature on display?  The truth may never be known and doesn’t really matter anyway.  They didn’t need to know why the day was magical to appreciate it.

a fool’s quest

“You won’t find what you are looking for?”  Her tone was matter-of-fact, yet her appearance showed the annoyance she didn’t allow in her words.

“I have to try.”

She frowned and shook her head.  He grinned and looked skyward.  He knew his destiny was out there waiting for him among the stars.

“They’ll call you a rainbow chaser.  They’ll call you a fool.”

“So be it.”

“Then you are already a fool.”  She turned and disappeared into their home.  She hoped that he would abandon his plans if she wasn’t there to watch.  She hoped that he would come to his senses and join her inside.  She wished that there could have been some other way for him to ensure their future livelihood.

When he didn’t follow, she went to the kitchen window to watch even though she had told herself she wouldn’t.  The backyard came into view as she stepped in front of the sink and she caught a glimpse of his backside as he climbed into his rocket.

“Please be safe,” she whispered into the silence.

Smoke began billowing out of the bottom of his craft.

“Please be successful.”

Her husband blasted out of the yard and pierced the heavens, questing after an uncharted planet to mine for precious metals he could sell back on Earth.  With all the world’s resources having been stripped,  finding new deposits on other plants had become the only way for economies to stay solvent.  As they faltered, individual families had to take it upon themselves to go in search of new deposits.

Their government had already folded and they had held out as long as they could.  But her husband’s journey into the stars was their family’s last hope for survival.

As the spark of the rocket’s glare winked out of sight, she let go of the breath she’d been holding onto.  She leaned back on her heels, tilted her head up, and closed her eyes.

“I hope you find our rainbow…”


Word Count: 330

Another Monday means another response to the current Trifecta Writing Challenge:

Keep in mind that we are looking for the third defintion, as always.  If you’re writing about colors in the sky you’re going down the wrong road.  Good luck!

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • If your post doesn’t meet our requirements, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone. Please join us.
:  an arc or circle that exhibits in concentric bands the colors of the spectrum and that is formed opposite the sun by the refraction and reflection of the sun’s rays in raindrops, spray, or mist
:  a multicolored array
:  a wide assortment or range <a rainbow of flavors>